Next-gen EDMs for precision machining
- Published: November 17, 2017
Makino has introduced next-generation EDM machines in its Edge series, Edge2 and Edge3, built for general precision machining applications.
"We've seen a re-emerging demand for general-purpose sinker EDM machines in todays market, says Brian Pfluger, EDM product line manager at Makino Inc. "There are many shops that require advanced sinker EDM operations that are having difficulty in achieving productivity targets due to a workforce skills gap. Therefore, we wanted to support manufacturers with user-friendly sinker EDMs that provide versatile, high-performance machining with dependable reliability at a competitive value."
The Edge-Series sinker EDMs feature an integral rise-and-fall work tank designed with excellent unobstructed access to the work zone for setups, which greatly improves visibility to monitor the machining processes.
The machines include an eight-station automatic tool-changer (ATC) to extend unattended operation, and fully support robotic automation for greater unattended operations. The machines are equipped with critical safety features, such as flame sensor and fire extinguisher systems, that are integrated and monitored by the machine control. The footprint and work-tank specifications for the EDGE2 and EDGE3 are highlighted below.
The EDGE2 and EDGE3 are configured with a variety of productive, adaptive EDM technologies to efficiently handle virtually any task while reducing machining time:
- SuperSpark4 dynamically optimizes the power discharge levels and jump cycles to reduce machining time up to 50 percent.
- Intelligent Expert System (IES) has advanced adaptive power to automatically stabilize EDM processes and enhance accuracy.
- MGH6 Control features a 15-inch touch-screen control system and simplified programming using the Makino Program Generator (MPG) function.